Kuntz"s football career began when he moved from Cleveland to Kitchener, Ontario. He was discouraged by football coaches in Cleveland, but at Saint Jerome"s High School he found Clem Faust, a coach willing to support his desire to play. After playing for in Hamilton, and a senior football team in Ontario, he was signed by the Argonauts in 1955 to play his first full season in the Canadian Football League. Ten years later, his older brother David died and he was forced with a difficult decision: to return home to join the family electroplating business, or to continue playing football.
His decision to return home was short-lived, after only a few months he was coaxed out of retirement by Jim Trimble, coach of the Argo"s main rival, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.